Gold Frankincense and Myrrh’s “Oh The Horror” is anything but

I’ve written before about Gold Frankincense and Myrrh, the very hard rocking trio of sisters who make the Sunshine State sizzle with searing hot muscular metal and lyrics that tackle real life issues head on, guided by hearts and minds dedicated to serving Christ. They have a new six-song EP out titled Oh, The Horror, … Continue reading Gold Frankincense and Myrrh’s “Oh The Horror” is anything but

Of Ecclesiastes And Weezer

A fundamental of Scripture is there’s something somewhere in it guaranteed to make anyone and everyone squirm uncomfortably. A prime example of this is Ecclesiastes, a book soundly ignored by feel good faith fans for its dour, bleak overview of life as something of a cruel cosmic joke in which very little, save finding contentment … Continue reading Of Ecclesiastes And Weezer

What’s Wrong With Retail (Part Three)

There are very, very, very few retailers these days above the mom and pop level, be they brick and mortar or online (or combination thereof) that do not feature, be it via shiny brochures at the cash registers or blazing advertisements on their website, some form of branded credit card. Said credit cards invariably offer … Continue reading What’s Wrong With Retail (Part Three)

“The Long Winter” by Bill Walden and Allie Hammond brings genuine warmth to hurting souls

Last October, early one morning I was walking to BART as part of my mornin’ truckin’ to work. Minding my own business, not bothering anyone. Everything was fine. For a while. Now, the portion of the San Francisco Bay Area where I am located, or as I prefer to think in the Bay Area but … Continue reading “The Long Winter” by Bill Walden and Allie Hammond brings genuine warmth to hurting souls

What’s Wrong With Retail (Part Two)

Picking up from last week, this tweet by Christian comedian John Crist leads nicely into this week’s problem area where far too many retailers dwell. Namely, a pathological inability to get out and stay out of their customer’s hair. “Want to join the rewards progr...”{interrupting} No. “Want a copy of your re...”{interrupting} No. Do you … Continue reading What’s Wrong With Retail (Part Two)

What’s Wrong With Retail (Part One)

I own the dubious honor of having spent more than a decade in both retail and the corporate world. In the case of the former, more like three decades over two stretches. Thank you in advance for your sympathies. Occasionally I’ve toyed with the notion of writing a book about these two decidedly different worlds, … Continue reading What’s Wrong With Retail (Part One)

Shine Is Dead; The Prayer Chain Not So Much

As the '80s slid into the '90s, music morphing from day-glo paisley pastel Spandex to grungy flannel, the contemporary Christian music world remained on its same course set two decades earlier: a handful of artists riding if not leading the secular music curve, their reward consisting of being almost universally ignored by industry elements in … Continue reading Shine Is Dead; The Prayer Chain Not So Much

Locust Days

“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten —the great locust and the young locust,the other locusts and the locust swarm —my great army that I sent among you.You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,and you will praise the name of the Lord your God,who has worked wonders for … Continue reading Locust Days

Heroes Never Fade

One of the somewhat dubious benefits of my current employment location is a couple of televisions above the front registers, each tuned to ESPN albeit with the sound off. Although there are times I would like to hear exactly what whichever set of talking sports heads are yakking about, not having any audio has its … Continue reading Heroes Never Fade

If You’re Too Busy …

And now, some helpful workplace tips brought to you by the apostle Paul. No, really. Paul said in one or more of his epistles that those who believe in Christ should work hard, do what they do as unto the Lord, etc etc. Which is true, albeit admittedly somewhat difficult to remember some days when … Continue reading If You’re Too Busy …

No substitute for Altar Boys superb “No Substitute”

During the second generation of Christian rock in the early to mid ‘80s, reaching out via musical genres previously thought by even the most fervent contemporary music supporters to be at best ill-suited if not utterly inapplicable to evangelical/edifying work gained a foothold. Among the purveyors of these new musical realms were Altar Boys. Roaring … Continue reading No substitute for Altar Boys superb “No Substitute”

“The Color of Dreams” by Derri Daugherty provides pleasant aural dreamscapes

Miss me? Life spent most of 2018 punkpounding me on multiple fronts, hence my lengthy absence from this space. My deep thanks to Peter for his patience. Anyway, time to start catching up on things, starting with some new (well, it was new in August of last year) music by Derri Daugherty, guitarist/vocalist/tunesmith for veteran … Continue reading “The Color of Dreams” by Derri Daugherty provides pleasant aural dreamscapes

Farm On The Freeway

A current portion of my scattershot career path, which this year has meandered from giraffe tenderer to Willy Wonka to rubber band man, daily places me on a rather lengthy bus ride around and in a white collar Mecca known by the locals as Bishop Ranch and by everyone else as that place where yuppies … Continue reading Farm On The Freeway